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MacGyver: Split Decision

An ex-con friend of MacGyver's, Earl Dent, needs MacGyver's help when he tries to prepare for a boxing comeback, retain custody of his daughter, and deal with gangsters who want him to take a dive.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x10
Production Number: 135
Airdate: Monday December 02nd, 1991

Special Guest Stars
Herb EdelmanHerb Edelman
As Bart Riggins

Guest Stars
Dick ButkusDick Butkus
As Earl Dent
Sam ScarberSam Scarber
As Crazy Eddie Jackson
Don GibbDon Gibb
As Herman the German
Bubba SmithBubba Smith
As Bailey
Sarah KoskoffSarah Koskoff
As Veronica "Ronnie" Dent

Co-Guest Stars
Ted PitsisTed Pitsis
As Man (as Theodore Pitsis)
Ann WalkerAnn Walker
As Clarice Miller
Gene KnightGene Knight
As Ring Announcer
Jim LampleyJim Lampley
As Radio Announcer
Gene LeBellGene LeBell
As Murph
Marty DenkinMarty Denkin
As Referee
R.J. ArterburnR.J. Arterburn
As Phil (as Robert James Arterburn)
Main Cast
Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson
As Angus MacGyver


MacGyver arrives home to find music playing on the stereo but no one there. As he goes to see if someone is inside, ex-con Earl Dent comes in, realizes the stereo is off, and turns it back on. He walks out of the room and a confused MacGyver comes back and turns off the stereo. Earl finally notices him and says he needs help getting back into training for boxing. MacGyver says that he hates boxing but Earl just wants training. He also needs a character witness and he has no one else to turn to. MacGyver gives in ..

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Episode Quotes
MacGyver: Earl, you've definitely come to the wrong place. I hate boxing. I think it's barbaric.
Earl Dent: Some people say the same things about hockey.
MacGyver: Well, I happen to have hope for hockey.

MacGyver: So I guess this'll be the training room.
Veronica "Ronnie" Dent: You sure got a lot of junk.
MacGyver: Thanks. I'm a pack rat. Got to keep some good memories, alive, you know.
Veronica "Ronnie" Dent: That's why I throw everything away.

Episode References
* A punching bag that measure impact, made from a fire extinguisher, tubing, a car seat, and a wooden board
* A punching machine made of gloves fastened to levers with a basketball backboard as a base
* An "ice bag" consisting of a ziplock bag filled with sodium thiosulfate (photographic fixer)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorLee David Zlotoff
Executive ProducerStephen Downing  |  Henry Winkler  |  John Rich (1)
Supervising ProducerMichael Greenburg (1)
ProducerRobert Frederick  |  John B. Moranville
Co-ProducerJohn Sheppard
Associate ProducerSara Thornberg
Production DesignerRex Raglan
EditorPeter Basinski
CastingMark Tillman
Unit Production ManagerJoseph M. Ellis
First Assistant DirectorDale White (1)
Second Assistant DirectorTomaz Remec
MusicKen Harrison
Music EditorSteve Danforth
Costume DesignerBernadette O'Brien (2)  |  Danielle Veber-Feller
HairstylistVivian McAteer
Make-upMarvin G. Westmore
Set DecoratorChuck Pierce
Location ManagerMichael Jarvis
Property MasterDean Wilson
Script SupervisorJan Rudolph
Production CoordinatorRosie Dean
Supervising Sound EditorThierry J. Couturier
Director of PhotographyJack Whitman
Stunt CoordinatorVince Deadrick, Jr.
Art DirectorRobert J. Bacon
Creative ConsultantRick Mittleman
Coordinating ProducerThomas R. Polizzi
Sound MixerJames LaRue
Special EffectsHenry Millar (1)
Costume SupervisorThomas Welsh
Main Title ThemeRandy Edelman
CostumerRobert Moore, Jr.
Casting AssociateRussell Gray (1)
Executive Story ConsultantBrad Radnitz
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